What we are experiencing right now in our society has never been dealt with in my lifetime, and maybe not even yours. The last few weeks have been very unsettling as we watch the world move into a deep place of panic. Therefore, I wanted to encourage you to keep strong in our faith and to keep doing life with each other as our family. Hold strong in the hope of our Lord. It is important, now more than ever, that The Church continues to be the light of Hope in our communities. I would love you to take a moment and meditate on the following passage. As I am writing this email, God reminded me of this scripture:
Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.
There are three things I feel God wants to encourage us with in this text:
1) Hold on to Jesus (v23) Our Lord is capable of meeting our greatest needs, and because He is faithful, we can walk in confidence that He will take care of us. Remember when we let go of Christ and the hope, He secures us with, we will sink into many places that are not healthy, such as places of fear and panic. So please continue to stay connected to the word of God and the hope you have in His promise.
2) We need each other (v24) As we continue to navigate the many changes, we are dealing with in society we need to consider those around us. We need to think of innovative ways to encourage and support one another. So, get creative on how you connect, but stay connected to each other. Also realise some of those you connect to may not be holding on to Jesus and you might need to help them see the hope you have in Christ.
3) Don’t stop meeting (v25). I know this could seem like a very risky statement to make, but please understand the value in doing life together. We will follow what the government and health experts are encouraging us to do, but they have not told us to become hermits. The strength and support we gain from human interaction are part of how God designed us. Again, you will need to get creative on how you get together, but please do not isolate yourself from everyone. Now this text is talking about meeting together for worship and fellowship in the faith. So, when you do connect to someone, take a little time to talk about Jesus, after all it is one of our values (Focus Together).
Beloved Family, we need Christ to be our centre, especially in a time where everything is shifting. We need each other to help hold us accountable in our faith and we need to come together to be encouraged and supported. Let’s keep doing life together! Please know that we are praying with you and are willing to help you in any way possible.